FORT WORTH -- A juror was arrested Tuesday morning as she attempted to enter a courthouse with a loaded handgun and after deputies saw the weapon during a screening, a Tarrant County official said.
The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. at the south entrance to the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center.
She was arrested without incident on a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon in a place where weapons are prohibited.
The 53-year-old woman arrived at the courthouse for jury duty this morning and placed her items on a machine for screening, said Terry Grisham, a spokesman with the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department.
"The deputies saw it in one of her personal belongings," Grisham said.
Authorities did not release any information on why she had a loaded 32-caliber handgun at the courthouse. Grisham said he had no information that Purtee had ill intent.
"It's a moot point if she had a license for it or not," Grisham said. "This is one place that someone can't walk into with a gun."
Purtee remained in custody at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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